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A pastor was called to a new church. The first Sunday the pastor was there, his message was taken from John 3:16. The message was entitled, "How to Be Born Again." The
message was well received, but no decisions were made. The second Sunday, the pastor’s message was taken from John 3:16 and was entitled "How to Be Born Again." Again, no decisions were made. The third Sunday, the pastor’s sermon was taken from John 3:16 and
was entitled "How to Be Born Again." Again, no decisions were made. By this time, the deacons were worried about what was happening—he just kept preaching the same sermon over and over and over again. So, they called a special meeting with the pastor to discuss his choice of sermons. One deacon said, "Don’t you have any more sermons?" The new pastor responded, "Yes, I have plenty of sermons. However, I am going to keep preaching this sermon until you get it right. Then, I will move on to something else."
D. Greg Ebie
Have you ever heard the story about the man who never made a decision without flipping a coin? Whenever he was confronted with a choice he would listen to what others would suggest. He was always willing to listen to the advice of others; he would read books and even pray. But when all was said and done and it was time to make a choice he would just end up flipping a coin.
One day a friend asked him, “Why do you always leave everything to chance? Why don’t you stop flipping coins and just start making your own decisions?”
The man replied, “All right but give it a try. Here you flip a coin. ‘Heads’ I won’t make decisions by chance; ‘tales’ I’ll just flip a coin.”
The friend flips the client and what and you know what it came up heads. “Well I guess you won’t be flipping a coin any longer!”
The man said, “Ahh, but you’re wrong! I been using this same coin years. Take a look and see for yourself BOTH SIDES ARE HEADS.”
For this guy what appeared to be a chance was really a deliberate choice. Now unless you happen to have a two sided coin, there are two sides to everything. This morning were going to continue our look at the Ten Commandments with commandment number five, Honor your father and mother,” and we’ll see that there are two sides to honor.
Brussel Spout Theology
Zed grew up in a Brussel Sprout family. In fact, Zed's family has a long history with Brussel Sprouts. They can trace their digestion of Brussel Sprouts as far back as the 1200's in Belgium and Northern Europe. Several of Zed's grandfathers were Brussel Sprout farmers and scholars.
For as long as Zed can remember Brussel Sprouts were served in his family at least twice a week and sometimes more than that! Twice every Sunday and every Wednesday evening was a Brussel Sprout ritual for Zed's family.
There were times when Zed got tired and bored with Brussel Sprouts, but Mom and Dad (mostly Mom) persisted in explaining the benefits of Brussel Sprouts. Brussel Sprouts are filled with vitamin A, vitamin C, folic acid and dietary fiber and helpful in preventing colon cancer.
As Zed got older, into college, and into life, he decided that he was old enough to make his own decisions regarding Brussel Sprouts. Many of his friends grew up in families where they were allowed to make their own decisions regarding Brussel Sprouts, so he decided that he would do the same. Zed met Nelda and they got married. Nelda grew up in a family that had other preferences regarding vegetables, but their family was as devoted to their vegetable as was Zed's family. Nelda was happy to let Zed lead, and she agreed to do whatever Zed wanted.
Zed and Nelda began their life together and alternated their vegetables, but never really settled into a consistent pattern. After all, they felt pressured by their parents while they were growing up and were glad to finally be out on their own.
Eventually, Ned and Zelda had two children, Bart and Barb. Both sets of grandparents emphasized the need for regular vegetable consumption for the grandchildren, but Ned and Zelda were content to allow their children to make their own choices.
On special occasions and holidays, Ned, Zelda, Bart and Barb did have Brussel Sprouts. Out of respect for their parents, Ned, Zelda, Bart and Barb did have Brussel Sprouts on Mother's Day, Father's Day and some other occasions when they visited back home.
Bart and Barb really enjoyed their time with the grandparents and longed for their parents to serve Brussel Sprouts more often, but Ned and Zelda were set in their ways and always found other things to serve. Brussel Sprouts just aren't that important to them.
Only time will tell how this story will work out, but the reality is this: Since Brussel Sprouts aren't that important to Ned and Zelda, it is a near certainty that they won't be to Bart and Barb.
Note: This story is fiction, although any resemblance to anyone you know is entirely possible. However it isn't directed at anyone in particular.
Wonder if this has anything to do with church? Consider this from Hebrews: "Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love... not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another..." (Hebrews 10:23-25)
Dos políticos están debatiendo, uno exasperado grita al otro: ¿“Dime cual es ese gran poder que te controla"? El otro airado responde: “A mi esposa la dejas fuera de todo esto.”
En un año de elecciones cosa así pasan. Pero no nos damos cuenta que cada día es un día de elección. Elegimos ante cada situación de la vida y a veces hacemos buenas, malas o regulares decisiones.
Two politicians are debating and, exasperated, one shouts to the other, "Tell me, what is this great power that controls you?" The other angrily replies, "You leave my wife out of this!"